Gor Mahia grabs first leg advantage

Kenya champions, Gor Mahia, began their campaign on a high beating Equatoguinean side Leones Vegetarianos 2-0 in Machakos on Saturday.

Goals from Kevin Omondi and Ivorian-import Ephraim Guikan in either half handed Gor the advantage ahead of the second leg in 10 days.

I think we really played today and pressed right from the start, created chances and it is only a pity that we could not score past two. Overall, we performed really well but the tie is not over we need to focus on a better second leg, Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr said.

His skipper Harun Shakava was ecstatic with the result noting; We didn't know much about this team but now we have a few ideas on how to tackle them. Winning the first leg with a clean sheet is a huge thing for us. Hopefully we finish the job away and qualify.

Vegetarianos, who won the Equatorial Guinea league for the first time last year, were miles away from Gor in terms of experience and game management and failed to land a shot on target throughout the game.

Gor used their home advantage well and bossed the game. Meddie Kagere had the first effort of the game in the 5th minute when he took an instinctive turn off Godfrey Walusimbi's cross from the left but the shot went straight to the keeper.

The visitors shot stopper was kept busy in the opening exchanges and 10 minutes later, he was almost caught out going for a Francis Kahata cross from the left, Wellington Ochieng flicking past him but captain Asterio Ondeyi cleared off the line.

The keeper didn't have a chance in the 19th minute though when Kahata nodded down Kagere's cross from the left with a waiting Omondi slapping it home first time.

It should have been 2-0 in the 27th minute when Gor Mahia won a penalty after Omondi was pushed down inside the box, but midfielder Humphrey Mieno saw his spot kick turned behind for a corner by the keeper.

Ten minutes to half time, Omondi had another go at goal, this time his effort on the half volley going wide after a little flick got him off his defender.

Six minutes into the second half, Joash Onyango had a chance to double the scoreline but his header unmarked inside the box from an Odhiambo free-kick went over.

In the 55th minute, Gor came even closer when Kahata tapped goal-ward a cut back cross from Kagere but the keeper saved. He attempted to go back for the rebound but the shot stopper was quicker off his feet to pick the spills.

However, the 16-time Kenyan champions went 2-0 up thanks to substitute Guikan. The Ivorian who played for Mauritian side AS Port Louis in last year's Champions League had barely spent 30 seconds on the pitch when he collected a throw-in from the right and shot at goal catching the goalie off guard.

It was Gor's game to lose now as they became more comfortable and they managed to see off the result to the final whistle.

Source: Confederation Africaine de Football

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